The Complete Lyrics of P. G. Wodehouse

Overview

Although he wrote hundreds of songs and was a key figure in the birth of the American stage musical, P. G. Wodehouse's (1881-1975) long and influential career as a lyricist has been almost completely forgotten and unheralded - until now. Highly regarded by literati for his rich, sardonic Wooster and Jeeves books (among his more than ninety novels and volumes of short stories), Wodehouse broke new ground by writing songs that were cohesively integrated into the narrative action of musicals rather than presented as...

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Overview

Although he wrote hundreds of songs and was a key figure in the birth of the American stage musical, P. G. Wodehouse's (1881-1975) long and influential career as a lyricist has been almost completely forgotten and unheralded - until now. Highly regarded by literati for his rich, sardonic Wooster and Jeeves books (among his more than ninety novels and volumes of short stories), Wodehouse broke new ground by writing songs that were cohesively integrated into the narrative action of musicals rather than presented as a string of unrelated tunes, which was the then-standard format. Particularly in the shows he wrote with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, Wodehouse transformed the musical from a poor man's Gilbert and Sullivan-style operetta into a more idiomatic and respectable form based on contemporary life. This book sets the lyrics from his nearly forty theatrical productions within the context of each individual show, providing incisive and informative commentary for each. Lavishly illustrated with photos and memorabilia, Barry Day establishes why, throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Wodehouse was considered a top-tier theatrical figure on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Editorial Reviews

Talkinbroadway.Com
The Complete Lyrics of P. G. Wodehouse is a wonderful way to get acquainted with one of the forefathers of musical theater.
Musical Theatre Historian
Ira Gershwin would have loved this book. Not only was P. G. Wodehouse one of his literary heroes, but to Ira he was also a master lyricist. . . . All who cherish the best of musical theatre should be grateful to Barry Day for gathering together and sharing with us this treasure trove of wit and sensibility.
— Robert Kimball
Richard Rodgers
Before Larry Hart, only P. G. Wodehouse has made any assault on the intelligence of the song-listening public. . . . Larry always said he was 'inspired' by Wodehouse.
Johnny Mercer
One day, in fifty, a hundred years' time, the words of Porter, Hart, Wodehouse, Gershwin, Coward, maybe a few of my own, will be published, recited, analyzed, codified.
Michael Feinstein
Wodehouse is the father of the modern theatre lyric, and it is a true delight to read as well as sing his marvelous creations. Ira Gershwin idolized him, and it is easy to understand why.
Musical Theatre Historian - Robert Kimball
Ira Gershwin would have loved this book. Not only was P. G. Wodehouse one of his literary heroes, but to Ira he was also a master lyricist. . . . All who cherish the best of musical theatre should be grateful to Barry Day for gathering together and sharing with us this treasure trove of wit and sensibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810849945
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,059,754
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Day

Barry Day is the author or editor of numerous books and plays. In June 2004 he was awarded the O.B.E. in the Queen's birthday Honours List.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: It's a Long Way Back to Mother's Knee
Miscellaneous Songs (1904-1915) 1
Sergeant Brue (1904) 2
The Beauty of Bath (1906) 6
My Darling (1907) 13
The Gay Gordons (1907) 16
Nuts and Wine (1914) 22
The Princess Period (1916-1918) 32
Ninety in the Shade (1915) 36
Miss Springtime (Originally Little Miss Springtime) (1916) 39
Have a Heart (1917) 50
Oh, Boy! (1917) 69
Oh, Joy (1919) 88
Leave it to Jane (1917) 93
Kitty Darlin' (1917) 112
The Riviera Girl (1917) 116
Miss 1917 (1917) 133
Oh, Lady! Lady!! (1918) 149
See You Later (1st Version?) (1918) 173
See You Later (2nd Version) (1918) 190
The Girl Behind the Gun (1918) 204
Ladies, Please! (?1917/1918) 213
The Canary (1918) 224
Oh, My Dear! (1918) 229
Kissing Time (1919) 246
The Rose of China (1919) 260
The Little Thing (1916-1920) 271
Sally (1920) 276
The Golden Moth (1921) 282
The Cabaret Girl (1922) 297
The Beauty Prize (1923) 315
Pat (1924) 333
Sitting Pretty (1924) 343
Hearts and Diamonds (1926) 368
The Nightingale (1927) 374
Showboat (1927) 389
Rosalie (1928) 394
The Three Musketeers (1928) 402
Anything Goes (1934) 408
The Chocolate Soldier (1947) 416
Oh, Kay! (Revival 1960) 424
To Be Continued ... 430
App. A The "Lost Shows" 439
App. B On the Writing of Lyrics 443
Select Bibliography 447
Selected Recordings 449
Song List 451
Index 467
About the Author 489
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